Italy’s Ligurian Coast: Si, Per Favore

Beside the Ligurian Sea in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy

Fancy a wander beside the seashore? Love seafood, wine and the architecture of a bygone era?

Unconvinced there’s beauty left in the world simply because you haven’t seen it for awhile?

Sounds like you could use a trip to the Ligurian Coast of Italy, also known as the Italian Riviera.

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TWT Travel Binder: Italy

Our first European trip together, in the Fall of 2002,
was two weeks in Northern Italy:

Venice, Verona, Lakes Como and Maggiore,
the Cinque Terre, Florence, and Tuscany.

We felt like the sky was golden the entire time, just for us…
but it turns out it just looks like that.

And to think, there’s still Rome, Bologna, Corsica,
Naples, Umbria, the Amalfi Coast, Sicily…

Here are some resources to help you
plan your own “travels with two” to Italy!

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Italy’s Cinque Terre: Part Two

Continued from Cinque Terre: Part One

Italian for “Five Lands,” the Cinque Terre is a collection of five consecutive (and gorgeous) villages along what’s known as the Italian Riviera, on the Ligurian Sea.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this dramatic meeting place of the French Alps and Italian Appenines has been historically hard to reach and largely untouched by modern industry, technology and tourist development.

Which is exactly why you should visit. [Read more…]

Italy’s Cinque Terre: Part One

Someday, I’ll be an old woman on my deathbed.

According to our plan, Adam will have just passed away quietly a few moments before; this will have been my cue to tidy up the house, make a few calls, lie down beside him and wait for the Grim Reaper.

In those last moments, I know I’ll think of one special part of the world: the Cinque Terre, in Northern Italy.

Truly, it’s that beautiful. [Read more…]

In Fair Verona

Verona’s Adige River

Years ago now, Adam and I toured Northern Italy, and one of our favorite ports of call was Verona — the other Renaissance beauty of the Veneto.

As the real-life setting of the fictional Romeo and Juliet, we’re talking gilded churches, cobblestone lanes, secret gardens, a medieval castle and even a famous Roman arena.

In Verona you’d have to work extremely hard to miss out on romance…so why even fight it? [Read more…]